Embryo / Julie Mittens / Peter Walker / Gnod / Cosmic Trip Machine
Since 2005 Sloow Tapes is Europe’s most consistent tape label. The focus is on spirit-lifting raga’s cosmic drone jams and affectionate acid folk. The abstract felt marker psychedelia that label boss Bart “sloow” De Paepe spreads upon most of the covers, insures that music and artwork melts into an intoxicating smokescreen of infinite reflections. The label is home to a patchwork of contemporary experimentalists from Brussels to Tokyo, with cassettes of artists such as Suishou No Fune, Julie Mittens, Voice of The Sevens Woods and GHQ. Sloow Tapes has built in only a few years time a real street credibility amongst the international underground. The artwork of van De Paepe established within the U.S. a cult following with exhibitions in New York Pittsburgh and as a result. For this literally “slow” festival, which starts early at 16:00, Sloow selects some label-related artists and films. On the agenda:
Ever since their debut Opal from 1970, seen as a master piece of psychedelic music, Embryo traveled around the world for the last 40 years with a mix of kraut rock, psychedelia, jazz and in recent years lots of ethnic music. Music as a life style, and open ears and minds for unexpected meetings with exotic surroundings and headstrong musicians such as Mik Quantius and No Neck Blues Band.
Peter Walker is a monument. In the sixties he released two legendary albums, Rainy Day Raga (1967) and Second Poem to Karmela (1969) on which he combines the eastern influences of Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan with American folk. He teached Jim Gurley (Big Brother and the Holding Company) his first guitar chords and cooperated with LSD guru Timothy Leary. In recent years Walker mainly focussed on flamenco. Expect an instense trip with one of the masters of nylon strings.
Gnod is a cosmic collective from Manchester who are constantly looking for new boundaries. In a swirling universe full of delay, distortion, wahwah and fuzz they destroy minds and reap souls. Dudes jammed with White Hills and stuff. Gnod bless Tangerine Dream, Hawkwind, Sun Ra and Acid Mothers Temple. Expect the unexpected. Gnod have mercy.
Julie Mittens still is The Netherland’s best band, which was noticed by labels as Rococo and Holy Mountain. The intrumental jams of this guitar/bass/drums trio send loud feedback blues, hammering rhythms and hypnotic bass lines to the point where their free rock disolves in an intoxicating psychedelic harmony of electric spheres.
Cosmic Trip Machine is a psychedelic space folk trio from Liège. Dudes are working on a new cassette entitled “Vampyros Roussos” that will come out on the Sloow Tapes imprint anywhere soon.
Eric de Jesus (US): Born Of Jackals (2008)/ My Heart And I Agree (2007)/ History of WHH (2007)/ Easy Commercial (2007)
Dreams and reality become one during a lazy afternoon in the fields. Taking it easy.
Marja Mikkonen (FI): Rondo (2006) / Marraskuun Lohtu (2005) / Lyömätön Perhe (2005) Abstract, experimental films with soundtracks by Musta Hevonen, Boris Morgana en Horst.
Heidi Diehl (US): Moon Void Of Course (2006)
Tour diary of a 13 week long American tour of Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice, including jam sessions in the desert.
Matt Valentine/Erika Elder/Gabriel Walsh (US): The Temptation Of Zoology (2003)
Surrealistic and psychedelic short film referring to the same abstract mythology and visions in which Matt Valentine’s lyrics and music unfold.
Roberto Opalio (IT): Light_Earth_Blue_Silver (2008) Soundtrack by My Cat Is An Alien. Published by Atavistic.
Existential journey of an alien in the mountains. Soundtrack by My Cat Is An Alien.